The Night Before Christmas. Clement C. Moore, Arthur Rackham, Illustrations.
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., [1931]. Rackham, Arthur. First Edition. Hardcover. First U.S. trade edition with Rackham illustrations, octavo size, 37 pp. Near fine. Item #18041746

"A Visit from St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas", is a beloved and oft-read poem, a huge influence on the idea of Santa Claus and the gift-giving traditions of the holiday. First published anonymously in 1823, the poem was later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), who wrote the poem for his children and claimed authorship in 1844 (there is some recent dispute over the authorship; some contend that Henry Livingstone, Jr., is the more likely candidate).

This edition of the poem is accompanied by delightful illustrations by English illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), an eminent illustrator of many books which often depict fantasy and fairy tale subjects. Rackham contributed illustrations to many popular stories, such as "Cinderella", "Sleeping Beauty", "Alice in Wonderland", and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and his illustrations capture the magic and charm of this famous Christmas poem.

This volume is the first U.S. trade edition with Arthur Rackham's illustrations.

___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, pictorial paper label with green lettering and a red, green, purple, and white illustration of Santa Claus on the front board, fore- and bottom edges uncut, pictorial endpapers in red and white, half-title page with a black line drawing of Santa Claus going down the chimney, full-colour frontispiece illustration "And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose", title page in red and black with black line drawings of elves, four full-colour plates (including frontispiece) and seventeen black-and-white drawings by Arthur Rackham throughout; octavo size (8.75" by 5.75"), pagination: [1-10] 11-35 [36-37]. Lacks coloured pictorial dust jacket.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; spine is slightly sunned, and there is some foxing to the margins of the interior pages, else fine.

___CITATIONS: Latimore and Haskell p. 66; Riall p. 174.

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Price: $150.00